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Giving Thanks When You Don't Feel Like It

True or False: Thanksgiving Day was declared a national holiday during a time of unprecedented conflict and killing among brothers.

(Isn't this an intriguing photo?  Lincoln stands a head taller than the soldiers, yet he has great posture and wears a tall top hat.  In our age, we're hiding our physical quirks.  He's thankful for his!)

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Parenting Insights from Baking !

There IS a flip-side to flops.   I re-learned this lesson during our annual family fundraiser where our boys bake LOTS of cakes.  Catch a whiff of the parenting lessons learned through our baking fiascos.  They’re delicious!

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The Gift of Respect

Picture the Eiffel Tower. Easy. Congure up an image of birthday. Still do-able. Now, describe the face of respect. Blurry?

It’ll soon be Christmastime and many families will snuggle up to watch the Frank Capra classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Of course, George Bailey is the richest man in town. The people of Bedford Falls had lots of respect for George...and yet he needed help to see it. 

Do you see the respect from your kids?  Do the children catch it from mom and dad?  Home Is Fun developed a tool to help parents and kids put their finger on R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Read on to know how it works or go directly to the free<img src=


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Philippe Bourguignon Inspires Parenting Perspectives

To be or not to be successful through failure? That was the question addressed by Philippe Bourguignon during a recent and amazing PathNorth dinner. Parisians know Bourguignon as the founding CEO of Disneyland Paris and previous CEO of Club Med. Currently working alongside Steve Case (ex-chair of AOL) on Revolution, he’s also on the board of eBay and sponsors record breaking rollerblader, Taïg Khris. Bourguignon knows a thing or two about risk, failure, and success. For years he’s kept one foot on either side of the Atlantic and observed how French and Americans respond to “Oh, oh!”

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Photo Reportage of our Fun (!?!) Family Fundraiser

Boy making faceWe've had a blast with family fundraisers... when the boys were younger.  When I proposed the idea this time, I had hoped for a more positive initial response!  But once they got cookin', they got grinnin'!

42 home-baked cakes later, our French cooking boys financed a Kenyan female entrepreneur with a micro-fianance loan, involved friends and neighbors and even the school...and had fun!

Enjoy our photo reportage of baking boys (and the one girl who helped).  Click here for our free downloads:  flyer samples, planning charts,...


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Encourage an Attitude of Gratitude

“I want more __________ (video game time, clothes, fun foods….)” exclaim the kids. Enough is often “Just a little bit more!” The whining is like graffiti to conversations: degenerative and destructive. Boring lectures by parents aren’t that constructive either! So, how can moms and dads help their kids develop an attitude of gratitude?

We found inspiration in our town’s efforts to reduce graffiti. They covered defaced-prone walls with memory-filled artwork. Why not apply this idea to the home? We embarked on a fun and memorable enterprise to help other families reach the life-prizes our kids were taking for granted.

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Bye Bye Laundry Mishaps…Get Clothes Spot On

Sort kids' laundry the easy peasy wayFinally some home-help tips
- to keep Tom from complaining that Joey's wearing his favorite shirt
- to give Belle-Maman (mother-in-law) a way to easily and truly help around the house
- to assure with certainty that it is Suzette’s new blouse that was lying around and is now in the buy-back-bin

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Visit Someone Who Can’t Go Out for the Holidays

Mom, son & daughter walking in door.Parents' Advent:  December 19

Give joy to those who can’t join in the holiday hustle and bustle.  Forgot who they are?  Read on, we've got a cheat sheet!

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Laugh 'Til You Drop

Mon, son & daughter tickling & laughingParent's Advent:  December 18

Laughter might not be the best medicine, but it sure is a good one. Conquer your blues by laughing ‘til you’re blue in the face.

Invite the tickle monster chez vous. The joy is contagious.

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Tea for Two

Boy drinking from personalized mugsParents’ Advent: December 11

Think a love-thought for a child or spouse over a cuppa. Write the name of your loved one on the bottom of a mug. Every time you take a cup, look underneath and think a kind thought or say a prayer for your Secret Tea Partner.

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